BIOL576-19A (HAM)

Animal Ecophysiology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science

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Paper Description

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This paper provides an introduction to specified topics in animal environmental physiology. Critical evaluation of selected readings from the scientific literature will provide a theoretical framework for the specified topics and an introduction to recent research in those fields.


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Paper Structure

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Each topic will comprise an introduction to the subject followed by an examination of selected readings from the scientific literature. Students are expected to attend ALL lecture sessions.

The prerequisites for this paper are BSc, BIOL335 or BIOL338 or equivalent.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Review and critique empirical and review papers from the scientific literature
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of general ecophysiological concepts including the integration of physiological systems and the critical importance of body temperature and metabolic rate
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  • Apply scientific method and critical reasoning skills as a way of understanding how animals are challenged by and adapt to extreme environments
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  • Develop good oral and written communication of scientific research and be able to write a critical review of a specified topic in animal ecophysiology
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Presentation
2 May 2019
11:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Essay 1
3 May 2019
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Essay 2
7 Jun 2019
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Readings from selected scientific journals will be provided via the Moodle course page.
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of prescribed readings, lecture notes and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions. Your essay assignments must be submitted through Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.


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10 hours per week (2 hour seminar + 8 hours independent study).


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Restricted papers: BIOL538

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